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pat down

Meaning: to check that somebody isn't carrying a prohibited item, such as a gun, by patting different parts of their body

Synonym: frisk

For example:

  • pat down sb Security guards patted down everybody who entered the airport.

  • pat sb down In some American schools armed guards pat the kids down before allowing them inside.

Quick Quiz:

The police patted the suspects down to make sure they weren't carrying any
  1. weapons
  2. diseases
  3. groceries

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